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Knee Calcification Shockwave Treatment
If you have a painful knee, this could be due to calcium forming inside the joints in the synovial fluid – this is a viscous fluid with an egg-white consistency, vital for reducing friction between the articular cartilage of synovial joints when they are moved.
This calcium in the fluid may crystallize and when this happens the crystals damage the articular surfaces. You may feel pain and notice tenderness and swelling, plus inflamed skin over the joint, plus stiffness.
The two main types of calcium crystals that can cause painful joint inflammation are calcium pyrophosphate (CPP) crystals and apatite crystals often collectively referred to as calcium crystal diseases. CPP crystals tend to build up in the joint cartilage and cause chondrocalcinosis, also known as cartilage calcification and usually affects people in the late middle-age to elderly.
Apatite crystals tend to occasionally build up in the cartilage but do so mostly in a tendon and cause calcific tendinitis and affects mostly young or middle-aged adults.
Sometimes cartilage calcification may involve a mixture of both CPP and apatite crystals.
Shock wave therapy can be used to break down this calcification, is not invasive and often a better alternative to surgery and puncturing them with needles and aspirating their contents. It is also a better cosmetic result as the skin is not punctured.
In this graphic you can see how shockwave therapy can be used to target the calcium build up in the knee.
For several years now we have been using castor oil, rather than gel or petroleum jelly as the medium between the shockwave equipment and the patient for many of our shockwave procedures. We have found that the little pain that our patients feel is reduced when we use castor oil, and we believe that the shockwaves reach the areas needing treatment more effectively. You can find out more about this, if you wish, by reading our news item Castor Oil versus Gel in Shockwave Therapy.
To find out more about how we can help you, or to book a free consultation or an appointment, contact us now, or better still call us right away to discuss your problem Tel: 020 8549 6666